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Oct 27, 2012 8:00am EDT
the new united states. on june 19th of 1812, james madison made a public announcement of the first war ever to be declared in the history of the united states. he said, quote, i exhort all the good people of the united states as they love their country, as they feel wrongs, that they exert themselves. madison's call made clear that the expectation of showing love of country required giving support to the war. at a moment of national crisis patriotism was needed. he sought to justify the conflict to the population at large and motivate the country to support the war. the stakes were high because although a majority in congress had voted in favor of declaring war not one single member of the federalist party had voted in support of the war. northeastern federalists took a very skeptical view of the war, far more so than did southern and western members of the democratic republican party that madison was leading. ostensibly a conflict with britain over national sovereignty, the american war of 1812 very quickly became instead a test or and in addition a test of the strength and meaning of
CSPAN
Oct 14, 2012 2:00pm EDT
ambassador, the syrian ambassador of the united states the time called me a pen was also a friend and academic in the past, computer science at damascus university prior to becoming ambassador. he said david, it's on. i'd forgotten about this will mean. i said what is on? he said well, the president was to meet with you. and so i met with him in may and june of that you're extensively. i interviewed his wife in many other syrian officials. >> host: what was the first baby might? >> well, after the pleasantries and after i explained why wanted to do those, my first substantive substantive sentence to him was mr. president, you know i'm not in politics for s-sierra. you know i'm going to read this but can criticize you. he said that's fine. i know you'll criticize me. i know that because i'm not perfect and i know in the past you criticized my father's policy, but you are always fair and objective from their point of view. and then i told him, you know, mr. president, one of the worst things you ever did? with that? said he let it be known that you like phil collins music, the rockstar
CSPAN
Oct 28, 2012 11:30pm EDT
in the united states, and they are usually, usually, not always, but usually corrupt and problematic, and they siphon off a lot of money, however, in some countries, there's checks and balances placed on the networks, much more so than others. in a place like syria, these checks and balances were not sufficient to check the networks anywhere in the world to prevent them from running into the ground. >> host: can you give us an example, the network of the u.s., how it exists? >> guest: after the invasion of iraq, one of the major construction or reconstruction quote-on-quote ventures was, you know, commissioned somehow or given somehow to various corporations that are very much in touch or close to or part of the network, for instance, vice president dick cheney, whether it's haliburton, other countries, ended up unfairly taking up the ventures, and, actually, they didn't do a good job at all as a virtue of the results we saw years later. they ended on scandals, and other kinds of such networks. if you'd like to look at a much bigger scale, the entire $700 billion to $800
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 8:45am EDT
want to know about a country look at the map of the united states in terms of the harbors from the east coast of the united states, the 13 colonies jam packed with natural harbors. the coast of africa collectively few good natural harbors but the east coast was packed with them and the continental corporation of the u.s. was the last resource rich part of the ten per zone the european enlightenment with inland waterways flowing in a convenient east west fashion than the west the caressed combined and our ideas and dhaka sees but because of where we happen to live as well that's why these things matter. why these things matter. they've allowed india and china to develop into the completely distinct great worlds of civilization we have much to do with each other through long periods of history. >> let's take that image that you've offered of america, this place with all these great natural harbors and rivers that run the right way but that was true for thousands of years and didn't leave it to the development of what we think of as the united states. it wasn't until the european civi
CSPAN
Oct 13, 2012 3:00pm EDT
. booktv visits the united states naval academy. politics, history, and war will be covered. visit booktv.org for a complete schedule of this week's programming and watch as all become weekend long on c-span2 and a booktv.org. up next, dakota meyer talks about the battle in afghanistan and his efforts to rescue soldiers that were ambushed by taliban forces. dakota meyer became the first living marine to receive the medal of honor since the vietnam war. this is about 45 minutes. >> i would like to welcome everybody. this is my official welcome. we are honored to have you here today. we are part of an elite club of authors. there are many that are active here in the american legion post the other thing i want to mention is each of you have a card that looks something like this. several years ago, we began a program called support the troops. the weather was books or dvds or even ipods, batteries, some of the things that they let us know that they needed, and we collected a few boxes and sent them to the troops. each year it has gotten bigger and bigger and bigger. i think last year w
CSPAN
Oct 14, 2012 8:00pm EDT
the way i grew up. it was a reference to the united states, but, to me, because i grew up in this hometown surrounded by mountains, and i didn't know where the united states was, to me, it was the other side of the mountains, and during that time, my parents were gone working here in the u.s.. i looked at the mountains and think my parents were over there, on the other side of those mountains. that was that to me. >> host: originally, where were you born? >> guest: in mexico, southern mexico in a little city that no one heard of, but when i mention alcapaco, everybody knows that. it was three hours from there. >> host: when did your parents come to the united states? how old were you? >> guest: my father came here in 1997 when i was two years old, and he send for my mother a few years later in 1980 when i was four and a half years old. >> host: when did you come to the united states? >> guest: i came to the united states in 198 # 5. >> host: how old were you? >> guest: in may of 1985, nine and a half going on ten. >> host: what can you tell us about coming to the united states? wh
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 5:30am EDT
the course of doing that, david corn says to the president of the united states, in the oval office is in his house, i am disappointed in this white house and you for not having a fallback plan. literally, again. somebody reading of the president in the oval office for not having a plan. after the meeting, harry reid said to his chief of staff, stood up to him, he needed to hear it. no one was telling him. think about it for a moment. what is the second most powerful democrat in washington have to use his chief of staff as a lever to send a message to the president of the united states? i was talking to somebody from amazon.com the other day. as you may know, they take books and they divide them as red states and blue states. most of the books selling in red states, republican state, blue state, democratic states, and i have said, where does this football? where is it to and he said well, it's purple. because it has information about both sides in all of us. it shows that there is a war going on, not just in the democratic party, but the republican perhaps much more intense. john bo
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 11:00pm EDT
gets arrested, he spends three years in jail before returning to the united states and deciding to dedicate his entire life to saving north korean. cannot possible read the bock without being moved to tears in just about every single chapter. and the stories are incredible they go in to greater detail on some of these momentarily. melanie kirkpatrick, whom jay will introduce her shortly using the best of the journalist sensibility honed at nearly three decades at the "the wall street journal" to highlight the human side of north korea. we are deeply proud of her and we look forward to her comments today. copies of the escape from north korea are available for purchase at the event for $20 and melanie kirkpatrick will be glad to sign your copy. it's available online at amazon.com. i urge all of you to read it and discuss it and tread again. i ?row the special pleasure of introducing my friend jay. he's a senior partner at kirk land and ellis here in new york city. he's a well known commodity in the washington policy world having served with the distinction in two different administr
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 1:15am EDT
wealthy and poverty. the united states over the last decade has witnessed a classic confrontation between the forces of impearlial capitalism and those of established institutions claiming a higherrer have chiewr, expertise and political standing. one side on unforced profit of enterprise, the other on represent and tolls arch privileges at the treasury. the federal reserve and the white house. >> and that is exactly what we have had. you know, when michael lewis wrote that book the big short. he was writing about all the gaggle and hedge end and the best against the big banks who were all supporting these sub prime mortgage concoctions and con fecks and scams. and it was all the most prestige use forces and the u.s. and the world economy that backed this blind side, as i call did, people who were investment in these crazy con contacted mortgage security in which the value was totally unknown by people who really investing in it. and so the people who were shorting these were these hedge fund. and venture fund and private equity fund. automatic these are not seeking special govern
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 9:00am EDT
blanche for the passport. can you imagine the canadian government coming to the united states congress and asking us for blank passports? domeback. he's dealing with every level from the white house, jimmy carter, who actually approved, tony had one foot out the door in germany and a cable came into his head stop, president is reviewing. 20 minutes later, godspeed, good luck, from the president of the united states. this is unprecedented. because as he said, if this didn't a wealthy american flag was going to be draped all over it. so he's working with the canadians, working wit with a we us, working with the cia bureaucracy, and is working with the state department. and it's difficult to get everybody on the same page with the idea that they are calling the best bad idea they could come up with. he did all that. but beyond that he went and walked them through the airport on his own, which wasn't necessarily in the plan, and our headquarters often tells us don't do that. don't go in the airport with them. if it goes wrong, they will look to you. without even thinking about it they will
CSPAN
Oct 28, 2012 6:00pm EDT
program from the booktv archives, the expedited expansion to the united states, and facilitated trade to the u.s.. the author recounts the development for initial proposal of construction in the 1800 to the day it opened on october 26th, 1825. this is about 40 minutes. >> i'm going to talk for 30 minutes, # and then we'll have time for a few minutes of q&a afterwards. it was not my idea to write this book. an editor asked the agent if he knew someone who could write a book. my agent said yes. the guy had written the box about new york city's water history, and the editor said great, editor called me, and i said, "why"? what is there new to write about a canal? can one make history out of iconic folklore? one was written in decades for children, an indication that the subject is not fertile ground for adult readers. my agent answered the question "why" by saying when a major publisher wants to pay you money for your second book, you just say yes, and so i did say "yes" after resolving the issue of a contract for a different book, but i began to answer the "why" question myself and ther
CSPAN
Oct 28, 2012 12:00pm EDT
. together these books comprise not haphazardly but purposefully a history of the united states for the last 200 or so years. a number of these books have been best sellers. traitor to his class and the first american were both finalists for the pulitzer prize and you can see h. w. brands on tv all the time if you go to the history channel or turn on the tv, there he is. this book is -- i will hold this up again so you can see and recognize it easily at the book signing tend, it is a tremendous biography of ulysses grant filled with stuffed i certainly never knew and was delighted to find out. it is very authoritatively and readable. before we get to grant himself i wanted to ask bill a broad question about biography. here at the book festival there are a number of biographers. i have read several of these already, robert caro's latest volume in his massive history, biography of lyndon johnson. janet reed's biography leonard cohen, all these people at the book festival among others. david maraniss is here with a book about obama. i was curious because all these books are so different in
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
supreme court for corporately no other law schools in the united states. [laughter] besides those two. it is a bizarre and unfortunate fact i think. but those are help interesting facts about the supreme court. but, frankly, i don't think they're very important. here's an important fact about the supreme court. there are five republicans and four democrats. i will speak for somewhat longer, but this is basically all you need to know. [laughter] if there's a take away here, i've gotten to the point early. there are five republicans and four democrats, and that really tells you much of what you need to know. and it is true that the justices wear robes because they're supposed to look all alike, and this was, you know, supposed to give the perception that they're all pretty much the same. but just as on the other side of first street, the united states congress is deeply divided, according to party, so was the united states supreme court. and this is a moment of real partisan division at the supreme court. and that is exemplified in case after case. why this moment is so important i thin
CSPAN
Oct 29, 2012 7:00am EDT
, in the famous or infamous dred scott decision, united states supreme court confirmed the southern constitutional view. republicans in contrast, never, no matter the supreme court. republicans would allow no more slaves in any territory. abraham lincoln was elected in november 1860. a month later, the united states congress came into session. members of congress put forth various compromise proposals, a critical portion of all in some way dealt with the division of the territory. most often their was a proposal to extend some kind of dividing line, westward beyond the louisiana purchase all the way to the border of california. now, after this rather lengthy preface i'm going to get to my main topic of why lincoln rejected on meaningful compromise, which dealt with the territories. but there must be one thing more. i'm going to talk about three different men tonight. one of you, one of them, all of you know, those men, abraham lincoln and we was and what he did. the other two are not so well known. so probably a number of your familiar with henry clay, the great kentucky statesman.
CSPAN
Oct 13, 2012 5:00pm EDT
hemisphere as an attack by the soviet union on the united states. .. >> thank you, and good evening to all of you. i have to say that i feel as if i know you through reading your books we met thank you. >> you have given me and many people a tremendous pleasure, i think as one critic said, your books are like being able to get lost in a wonderful story. i appreciate what you so much. >> thank you. >> something to undertake -- something like this to undertake a century trilogy, i learned today on the "cbs news sunday morning", do you, too, are you involving journalism? >> yes, i was first involved with my hometown newspaper and i worked for the london paper and evening news. >> my car broke down and i cannot afford to get it fixed. and i went to the bank. i needed 200 pounds. i asked the bank for a loan and they said no. a colleague on the newspaper had written this throughout. and, of course, they asked how much money did you get? and he got 200 pounds. [laughter] >> i went home that day and i was married to my first wife, mary, and i said i know know how i will get our car back. i'm going
CSPAN
Oct 20, 2012 2:45pm EDT
, another raging leftist, john walsh, criticized united states senator scott brown, i know he's a man, but there's a point, criticized him for -- in a television ad, for folding laundry because he was trying to be an honorary girl. how about that? oh, you're not supposed to say that sort of thing. bill mar called sarah palin every name in the book, called michele bachmann every name in the book, david letterman has done it, kris matthews has done it again and again and again, insulting women. letterman attacked sarah palin's daughter. she was 14, giveƱmer a break. nothing, nothing ever happened. it is profound hypocrisy, a theme that runs through the book, how incredibly hypocritical the left has been in ripping the country apart, claiming to be the champions and defender of women, and yet, they just defend liberal women, and their policies are systematically reeking have vac on the groups they claim to champion. women is the perfect example. highest poverty rate in 17 years because of the result of the job killing policies of this administration. the extreme poverty rate for women i
CSPAN
Oct 14, 2012 9:30am EDT
factory workers in st. petersburg at the beginning of the story. one goes to the united states and eventually becomes a gangster. another one becomes a part of the red army. i look for ways to move from country to country and meet and implement a dramatic story. >> you like some of your characters and dislike others? >> i mean, they are all at all. [laughter] >> it is true. even the ones who are unkind or un- caring or foolish, you were supposed to make them shades of gray rather than black or white. i'm not sure whether that's right. i quite like that characters to be real ogres. william hanley -- there was nothing good about him at all. [laughter] >> baddest is not a good enough word for this character. and they say, why did you kill him earlier. [laughter] >> it would've been a waste of a resource. i personally think it is great to do a character that is 100% evil. [laughter] >> the prime prime minister's and chancellors and all of those people. since you are not responsible for them, -- you're not likely to fill guilty? >> yes, that is right. and yes, there are some tremendous
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 10:00pm EDT
granted in the united states, going to school, getting an education, despite no other virtue then we were born here. nobody deserves to be an american. nobody held a contest and said you were okay, you deserve it, you get to be an american. by the grace of god, we are americans. but this little guy was born into one of the worst environments possible, into a country where you will probably starve to death and get cholera and a bunch of other diseases, probably. if not, you might get maimed. so you might have this. okay, i went to bed hungry a few times because i was born to a teenage mother. okay, my life was pretty bad. let me tell you something. nobody cared -- nobody here has had a really bad. this guy has it bad. now he is laying their dying because his right foot is blowing off, his other foot is partially blown off. he had gangrene and he is dying a slow and miserable death. of course, being an american, what we want to do? we want to help the kid. but do i really want to help the kid -- i'm running a safe house. i am in the middle of baghdad territory, i am risking the lives o
CSPAN
Oct 14, 2012 8:30pm EDT
technology and meteorology, gave it to the united states government during world war ii, and so he was dn he had one of the greatest collection of coins and stamps. he really made a mark for himself. yeah? >> one of the things that strikes me about the guilded age and the wealth is that there were a lot of wealthy people who believed in giving back to society like app drew carnegie. did she donate money to public service? >> she never did it publicly. she would dismiss any suggestion that she had, but then her son said and others had said, that there were -- there were plenty of places she gave to or people she gave to. she never wanted it known. she felt she was hounded for her money, constantly getting letters besieging her. she tried to keep it as quiet as possible, and there's no proof. there's no proof. because other people said it at the time -- she had a very close friend who lived in the neighborhood here who was a catholic, great catholic my philanthropist, but that's how generous she was, and i think she got hetty to give money to the church, yeah, yeah. >> how hard was it to
CSPAN
Oct 14, 2012 11:00pm EDT
the brave. as the first living united states marine seen to date, reena to receive the honor in 40 years, sergeant meyer is only the third recipient since the vietnam war. >> i accepted on behalf the guys that died, on behalf of the guys that have passed before and on behalf of the marines and the men and women that are fighting every day. schenectady sergeant meyer has dedicated his time to raising awareness for benefiting fallen marines and issued the dakota meyer scholarship challenge to america to match his efforts with the goal of raising an additional $1 million for the cause. he also wrote "and the fire a firsthand account of the most extraordinary battle in the afghan war." leading authorities would like to speak for the coast of the union league club of chicago for his generous support for today's program. humble, courageous and determined. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome sergeant dakota meyer. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much. [applause] thank you. [applause] so i've got a question. do you think that i could -- when i go out and use a referee to you think i
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 9:45am EDT
matter, i hope that the united states of america, and whoever will be elected, will take a leadership decision, maybe it's not popular that it will be a moral decision to stop the nuclear race in iran today. and i don't know how many of you have followed the weekly reports, and what was written there, but something very interesting popped up from the report. when you go into look at the writing of the arab leaders, not israelis, not jewish, arab leaders in the middle east, they are afraid from iran becoming nuclear more than us. the people in saudi arabia, and egypt, jordan, so for that matter i think we will have to take action. and if the u.s. would decide to sit idly by and watch and to pray in order to take action, israel will have to do it by itself. it will not be easy. it will be harder. to deal with retaliation not only from iran. they will be nation's flying in from iran, from lebanon, hezbollah will join. hamas in gaza will send hundreds of missiles. but if we have to choose today between the option of allowing iran to become nuclear, to the option of fighting ourselves, i t
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 11:00pm EDT
in the united states today and is so because it is edited by charles custer. he has been thinking, teaching, and writing quite elytra to eloquently for some time. and he has now dne something very liberal, if not downright revolutionary witches he has written a book why is it based on president obama's own ridings across beaches, and interviews and set out to understand and explain him as he understands and explains himself as a result he has come to the conclusion that it turns out that liberals understand president obama and neither do conservatives. the result is the most serious and provocative assessment yet of what iraq liberalism. i am the change. barack obama and the crisis of liberalism. this is a book that by its persuasive argument should and i believe will transform the left and the right under standing of modern liberalism, how we look at past, present, and as we shall see its future. please join me in modem and your friend of the heritage foundation and a different of mine and my teacher. [applause] >> thank you very much. improperly discounted your warm praise of me
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 1:45am EDT
wealthy guy in his own right. probably the most political figure in the united states short of the president who was wood row will sob in those days. the rest guys are bankers and they represented the din city of jpmorgan and the rockefeller dynasty. they had connections. they were connectioned to the roth childs in england. and max there. there was. he had connections to the brother max who was the head of the banks that banking consortium in germany and the nether land. we have a international group here, really. representing international people. and it was the e peed my of the bad bankers of the world theeps were quites. what happened is they knew that there was going to be a move to control banking. they knew that congress was going to pass some kind of haw to regulate banking. instead of being stupid and sitting back and saying i hope they don't too bad. they decided to take the lead. they said we'll write the bill and make sure it toast to our liking. that's what it is about. they tboant yessing l high land. nobody knew their going there. they had meeting with a great deal o
CSPAN
Oct 13, 2012 1:45pm EDT
most prominent united states senator so each of you kind of took the lead on each chapter so if the person who took the lead on the individual person could starch and the other two can jump in, let's start with elizabeth dole. you did that chapter. >> one thing i want to mention about elizabeth dole, she was penalized as a presidential candidate, her preparedness. i don't know about you but when i hear a speaker or like someone who came prepared to speak well and elizabeth is known to prepare extremely well for her speeches. i interviewed elizabeth dole twice. i interviewed bob dole and bob dole was funny. i put this quote in the boat, tell me how you prepare for your speeches, he goes i give a month and that is how i prepare. that is why i am not any good but in contrast elizabeth, i can hear a voice coming of the kitchen and that is elizabeth practicing her speech for tomorrow. she might have given the speech 28 times that she will practice it one more time to make sure it is good. i have seen her speech in public and she is eloquent and engaging and excellent. i have been teachin
CSPAN
Oct 28, 2012 6:45pm EDT
about the united states military. i was very fortunate also, both of my grandparents, my grandfathers served in world war ii, and i thought about what they had done for me and previous generations and that led me to think about the military, and i joined the military when i was 26 years old, and i still harbored desires i had probably since i was will's age. i had desires i had to jump out of planes and scuba dive and that also attracted me to the navy seal team. so all of those things shaped my path into the team. >> eric, i enjoyed your speech. >> thank you. >> after the gentleman came out writing the book that was supposed to be in regards to the navy seal about the bin laden attack, obviously there were a lot of threats on him and his family. you've been a retired navy seal. has this happened to you? >> sir, it has not happened to me. i think what happened in that case was that there were -- it was a very specific mission, and there were concerns about some very specific classified and sensitive information that was actually contained in that book, and of course, he was part of th
CSPAN
Oct 20, 2012 11:00am EDT
in the united states, and that's not affecting necessarily many of you here in the room, but work we've done in the investigative reporting program, to be issued soon, a book calledded "the terror factory," and really, it's the story of the fbi manufacturing terrorist conspiracies within the islamic community nationally with 98% of the cases, and so it's not happening here in berkeley that way, but it's happening with other communities in the country. >> i'm gary agular. i'm very much an add requirer -- admirer of your work, and those concerned about privacy right and right to certain amount of transparency, what recommendations do you have for us to encourage this and to try to prevent the government from, you know, continuing to escalate what appears to be a police state in this country? >> well -- well, i would say that today's fbi is very different than jay edgar hoover's fbi. there's much more public oversight. there's much more congressional oversight. jay edgar hoover's day, there was virtually no congressional oversight, and bob mueller is a different director than hoover
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 11:00am EDT
energy leveraging another $100 billion in private capital. it seems like tycos. the united states was spending billion a year on clean energy before the recovery act. in 1999 washington completely knocked president clinton's high in the sky plan to spend $6 billion for clean energy. was dead on arrival. obama got $90 billion in his first months before his staff could find bathrooms in the west wing. just ridiculous. the stimulus was pouring unprecedented rivers of cash and renewables and energy efficiency and every imaginable form, advanced biofuel and electric vehicles and cutting edge research, smarter grid, cleaner coal, factories to make that green stuff in the united states. it was by far the biggest energy bill in history. kind of got me curious what else was in the stimulus everyone was laughing about. i did some investigative reporting with a google search. i learned that the stimulus had also launched race to the top which was a real moment. have you heard of race to the top? there was a huge deal in the education reform world that was supposed to transform public schools. i
CSPAN
Oct 21, 2012 7:00pm EDT
middle class and stay there. first of all, why is it the president of the united states responsibility to decide which class i should be? i should have dreams to achieve whatever level of income and greatness that i want to and this country provides me the opportunity i have a good shot of achieving my dreams. plea by the rules. work hard and have some chutzpa and you can build it and can achieve greatness that this president instead tears us apart and you know what he says the problem is in our society? breathtaking greed of the few. that is an amazing thing to condemn those that have achieved success in our society but he vilifies it so that he can run through the notion that we need to punish these people with higher taxes. there's something wrong with these people. they got their games so we must punish them. no economic rationale you have conservatives are giving for lowering taxes until we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world and the rationale for why that works like from an economic standpoint that produces more prosperity, how would works under ronald reagan and how
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Oct 7, 2012 7:00am EDT
eisenhower was going to support it with the armed forces of the united states. what a powerful message. [applause] but finally, eisenhower did not take the lead in rgb advantages of integration as john f. kennedy and lyndon johnson to. eisenhower felt this was a difficult till -- pill to swallow and the best way to get them to do that was to stress that this was the law. this was the rule of law and he is president was going to take care of the law. it made it much easier, and easier pill for the south to swallow. [applause] >> jonathan is great to be with you today and with all the booklovers at this fabulous festival and with a very distinguished biographer, jean edward smith way think has contributed immeasurably to the eisenhower scholarship and i have to agree he was underestimated definitely and i'm so glad that you have written such a powerful book. i think it's fascinating in reading the book to see that more of the book is focused on the military career, even though as you've just spent almost most of your time talking about the incredible eight years of of the eisenhardt regi
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 11:30pm EDT
thing about the united states is that we don't have a central system in terms of the election. we have got over 4,000 difrent election systems and the of different rules and laws and people who administer them said there isn't like one puppet master like some grand conspiracy. we've got all these different systems and the people that are familiar with the most common example of this which would be gerrymandering where politicians draw districts that favor them. congress is about a 14 or 15% approval rating or maybe even lower than that. yet 85% of members of congress are safe because they have drawn their districts or state legislatures have drawn their districts so that those members are safe so that is the most blatant form but when we talk about the voter i.d. procedures and talk about the placement of the polling machines and a variety of other practices and regulations that shape the outcomes and policies and winners and losers. >> who is michael berman? >> michael berman is a person who handles redistricting in california. he's a democrat and his brother howard berman, was a
CSPAN
Oct 21, 2012 1:40pm EDT
ends up actually having to do so. the case relates to my book in 1861 the believe in the united states and the union confederacy is that you don't really need a professional military expertise. that's how the army got so small that in times of crisis good citizen soldiers will step forward and through their kind of virtue they will find a way and they will defeat because the of freedom and they have courage on their side and happens very quickly has become increasingly clear that in fact the war and military affairs retire the body of systematic professional, a lot of issues of competence that are not directly related to justice or perceptions of justice or even bravery and west pointers are there for the positions people that have that concrete military expertise. they therefore have to build it on the fly and in the north it causes a lot of problems because they are politically, you know we would see less enthusiastic with our emancipation but it's the most important it simply and then the political leadership especially in the north becomes increasingly suspicious partly beca
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Oct 14, 2012 3:00pm EDT
ninth visit to these united states of america, the most daring of human experiments. even today, it is a nation of incomparable strength, unparalleled wealth, unrivaled innovations, and immeasurable goodness. all of coe aless, amalgamate to produce the most supreme culture imaginable. it is the culture that captured the hearts and the mind of this australian. it is the idea that shapes his politics and his personality. it is the ideal which makes you feel a flush of pateot county resentment everytime he hears criticism of a nation to which he doesn't belong. it taught him everything and anything is possible. it's the nation that embraced him when his own shunned him. this is the land of the possible. the land in which men and women are born equal. and given opportunity through liberty. where liberty is guaranteed, but outcomes are not. it is the same land that unites the californian child, the tennessean teenager, the floridian father, the maryland mother, and the wyoming worker, where they bond under one flag, to dream of a better life, where they are free to pursue their own happi
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Oct 28, 2012 10:30am EDT
operation, moving from ship to? shore. if that's true, why is general john allen of the united states? marine corps the top commander? of all nato and coalition troops in afghanistan, perhaps the??? single most landlocked country in the world with the possible exception of chad?????? the reason is the marines have? expanded? their missions and re in national? defense. so it doesn't seem right. why are they called marines that they're fighting an amount of?? afghanistan????????? >> y "underdogs"? would you call this book "underdogs"? >> the marines have a name for themselves called double dogs, which comes from world war i. the best term to describe how marines thought of themselves as underdogs. they were always a minority culture. very small institution inside the defense establishment and they always felt from the beginning to be persecuted and under risk, under threat, under siege by the army and navy, who do great at attempt to the numbers, reduce their funding or even abolish them out right. the single most important touristic of the culture is this not
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Oct 6, 2012 8:00am EDT
started crying to hear the president of the united states using the theme song of the civil rights movement and we shall overcome. there are other bridges to cross and we must cross them with faith, hope, love, peace and be reconciled with our brothers and sisters because we are one family. we are one house. we live in the same house, the american house and continue to cross that bridge. thank you very much. [applause] this event was part of the 2012 national book festival in washington, d.c.. for more information, visit loc.gov/bookfest. >>> kuran book tv on c-span2 we continue our coverage of freedom fest 2012 loss vegas a libertarian gathering that is held annually and we've been talking with several different authors and we want to introduce you to another author right now whose book is called the art of being a free politics versus every man and woman. first tell us about yourself. >> i'm an individual feminist and i've been in libertarianism for 40 years now since i was 14-years-old. this look is my reaction to 9/11 basically. when 9/11 happened, i started to rethink everythi
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Oct 13, 2012 8:00pm EDT
government to build military installations at a time when the united states was involved in the cold war with the soviet union, so states like mississippi, states like georgia, texas, florida, southern california, arizona and north carolina are all being transformed in the post-world war ii period by this historic shift in population. just think about it. this period from 1964 to 2008 can be thought of this kind of the period of sunbelt dominance in the american presidential history. if you think about it, every president elected from 1964 to 2008 comes from a state of the sunbelt. lyndon johnson from texas, richard nixon from california, gerald ford was not even elected vice president. he was from michigan. jimmy carter from georgia, ronald reagan from california, the first george bush from texas and bill clinton from arkansas and the second bush from texas. so 2008 is in some ways a watershed election it's in being the four-year period of sunbelt dominance. there were issues that were critical in the politics that developed, they came out of the sunbelt and they tended to have a conser
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Oct 20, 2012 11:00pm EDT
and the new united states. to 19, 1812, james madison made an announcement of the first were to be declared in the history of the united states. "i exhorts all the good people of the united states as they love their country, as they feel wronged that they exert themselves." and made clear the expectation of showing love of country requires giving support to the war. of a moment of national crisis, patriotism was needed. he fell to justify the conflict to motivate the country to support the war. the stakes were high because although a majority had voted in favor of for not one single member of the federalist party voted to support it. the northeastern federalist took a skeptical view more than seven and western members of the democratic republican party. a conflict with britain over national sovereignty, the american war of 1812 became of test of the strength and meeting of american patriotism. we tend to forget the word 1812 between the revolutionary independence movement and trans formative carnage of the civil war. the war between 12 has a dubious distinction the first to be decl
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Oct 14, 2012 1:00pm EDT
john roberts who is the chief justice of the united states. he was hired to be a law clerk. john roberts then ended up serving in the ronald reagan administration and in the supreme court in 2005 succeed william rehnquist after he died from thyroid cancer. what is the legacy do you believe? >> guest: i see that john roberts as being rehnquist's natural air. >> now, roberts is a worn just partisan. his methodology is more conservative than william rehnquist, and there has never been it court is conservative, according to the academic studies, there has never been a court that is more conservative right now than the roberts court, at least not since 1987 when records are being analyzed and kept. i think that roberts is very much different in some respects. i'm not sure that rehnquist would've voted as roberts did. i'm not sure that he would voted as part of the affordable care act. >> i was betting against roberts, too. then what would have happened is that somebody else would have stepped up. i think that roberts is different in some ways. he is much more polished in dealing with
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Oct 15, 2012 1:00am EDT
for an amount that we decide is due to you. this was the situation. the united states up until that time was seen in iran as a friend of the national movement. iranian nationalism or struggle for them to become masters in their own house to get control of their own destiny started perhaps late in the 19th century or early in the 20th century, and although it united states wasn't a big player in the struggle when we did play we were usually on the right side. there are several famous incidents when the young american teacher by the name of how -- howard was fighting on the side of the constitutionalist and 1910, 1911 president taft sent a treasury team to help the constitutionalists get control of the budget and of the country's finances because the new without that, they were nothing and they had no chance. there was also frustrating. the u.s. was seen as playing a positive role in the azerbaijan crisis in helping iran to restore its sovereignty, territorial integrity. 1953 and what happened with the coup unfortunately changed all of that. one can argue why that happened, how that h
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Oct 14, 2012 8:15am EDT
activities. he spends three years in jail before returning to the united states in deciding to dedicate his entire life to saving north koreans. you cannot possibly read this book without being profoundly moved without frankly been moved to tears and just about every single chapter. and the stories are incredible. we will go into greater detail in some of these momentarily. melanie kirkpatrick, i'm jay lefkowitz will introduce shortly uses the best of her journalist sensibilities honed in three decades at "the wall street journal" to highlight the human side of the tragedy of north korea and we are deeply proud and we look forward to her comments today. copies of "escape from north korea" are available for purchase at today's event for $20 melanie curt -- it would be glad to send your copy. it's also available at amazon.com. buy your shallow view another online booksellers to read it, discuss it and read it again. i now have a special pleasure of introducing my friend, jay lefkowitz. shea is a senior partner at kirkland and alice here in new york city. jay is a well-known commodity in the w
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Oct 21, 2012 1:15am EDT
candidacy for the presidency of the united states we have seen york can it is and frankly they scare the shipped out of us. so we were running candidate to be the president. not brian, the canadian government but the people we love our big brother. we are here to help. we did a campaign video in january. it went by role. with media tv it -- to be around the world so we took off with another couple of videos three weeks later we had a deal and this is what we wrote. "america, but better" the canada party manifesto" your continental bff. that is us. the beautiful face of canadair representing 33 million brothers and sisters up to the north that want to see return to the great country used to be and will be in the future. [applause] >> canada up. canada. [laughter] i cannot even get back going in canada. [laughter] someone came north to pick a fight 200 years ago canada apologized for being invaded and we have been fast friends ever since. your strong and popular the country that everyone aspires to be but lately use stopped playing with the team. use started to put on some weight and becam
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Oct 21, 2012 8:30pm EDT
the united states, it's a minor procedure, but in the rest of the world, there's 1 # -- 100 million people blind because it. dr. v, as he was known, wanted to address. he started the clinic in the home, had 11 beds and family members helped him, got it off the ground. anyway, cut forward not just three great ideas, but hundreds of innovation, tenacity of an entire global team of people involving larry, who is one of the folks who contributed to the eradication of smallpox, a brilliant entrepreneur named david green. they worked together to build this hospital, and to this day, the hospital cured 3 million people of blindness. now, you imagine the entire washington metro area, 3 million people, imagine all of those people blind, and now they can see. that's not -- that's not an obscure story; right? it's not an obscure story in the worlds of people where i circulate. people know about the hospital and respect it. people traveled from all over the world to go to the hospital to train to bring the same programs to their countries. it's a movement to end needless blindness. it's just on
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Oct 13, 2012 7:00pm EDT
day later the ambassador to the united states called me up and was also a friend and also an academic. dean of computer science at damascus university prior to becoming ambassador. he said, it's on. and i had forgotten about this whole thing. and i said, what's on? and the set to well, the president wants to meet with you and so common with him in may and june of that year extensively, it's viewed his wife and many other syrian officials. >> what was the first meeting like? >> well, after the pleasantries in after i explained why i wanted to do this my first substantive sentence to him was, mr. president, you know i'm not an apologist for syria. of writing this book on you, and of going to criticize you. and he said, that's fine. i know you will criticize me. i know that because i'm not perfect and in the past you criticize my father's policy, but you're always fair and objective. then i told him, one of the worst things you never did. >> what's that? >> you let it be known the like phil collins music, the rock star from england. he had a puzzled look does face a loss for rethinking w
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Oct 7, 2012 5:45am EDT
the united states in safety. she tells the story through the eyes of the workers on the underground railroad largely people involved in christian relief organizations both here in the united states and in northeastern china who work and at great risk to their own lives trying to open up a channel for north creern refugees to escape. north korea, as you know, is probably the most repressive regime in the world at this stage. it is a place where millions of north korea citizens have literally been starved by an intelligencal government policy over the last ten to fifteen years. it's a place that houses and has housed for well over a decade of serious of -- concentration camps where political prisoners are tortured, sometimes executed for crimes no more serious than listening to a foreign radio broadcast. , reading a bible or disrespecting a picture of the dear leader. it's really a chilling book and it's a book that should be must read for anyone who cares about human rights or who cares about the political environment and the foreign policy concerns that relate to north korea. as a g
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Oct 7, 2012 7:00pm EDT
recognition united states. that's it you justin bieber. or we'd all we'd all probably know what he does. and when you go back over history and look at the thing starting to unfold in the election, he has deniability of one level after another. to me, the story became interested in a way because most people thought karl rove was finished in 2008 in the bush presidency started to come to an end. he had been forced out of the white house in 2007. he was the prime target in the two biggest scandals of the bush era, the valley plan affair in the united states attorney scandal. bush left a 22% approval rating from lowest in the history of the united states. and even top republican strategists like adderall and said that his version was tainted forever. no one would ever want to be a bush republican and work with karl rove. and the fact of the matter is he was back working again within a matter of weeks. and it became evident to me in early 2010 from about a year after obama took office. three things happen. the first was from the united states supreme court. i think no person in the unit
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Oct 27, 2012 11:00pm EDT
decision the united states supreme court confirmed the southern constitutional view. republicans will allow no more slaves on any territory. abraham lincoln elected november much later in est. congress came into session and to put forth a critical portion a way they dealt with the territory to have a dividing line beyond the louisiana purchase to the border california. i will get to my main topic. when abraham lincoln and rejected all meaningful compromise. i am going to talk about three different men. you know, his name. abraham lincoln. the other two not so well known. a great kentucky statesmen some would believe henry stewart from your state to have prior to the nomination of the presidency was the most notable republican. now finally where does it start? henry clay. he had been dead already eight years. during the first half henry clay was a major figure in politics. known as the great compromise. 1820 and 1850 clay had a major role to shape a compromise. that does not bring him down in 1860. he comes because abraham lincoln looked to his political mentor he called him my ideal o
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Oct 7, 2012 3:00pm EDT
the smartest one. states he eventually went on to get his phd in nuclear physics in the united states. was my grandmother, she was, she was cent an adventurous spirit. at she fled her home village in central vietnam when she was 19 yearsat old.wanto be in the late 1920s. she did this because she did not want to be married off to ane older gentleman.he set instead, what she did is set her sights on saigon, which back beautiful city, which the french colonialists had made their own. my c grandmother than raise her family in the city and watched as the orient transformed into the advent of u.s. troops. eager to explore new lands my grandmother did not need anyther convincing to leave in 1975. sir my mother and sister had no e whol choice but to follow their mother. once my parents decided that tho whole family on tuesday, the next step was to gather all of t their children and their belongings. task, especially as you may recall, i had eight older brothers and sisters. af the first attempt failed.ag after waiting two hours at the agreed rendezvous site, the helicopter never showed.in my dad f
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Oct 21, 2012 12:15am EDT
ambassador to the united states at the time, he called me up and he was also a friend that also an academic in the past at damascus university prior to becoming ambassador and he said david. i had long forgotten about this whole thing. i said what phone? he said the president wants to meet with you. and so i met with him in may and in june of that year extensively i interviewed his life and the other syrian official. see what was the first meeting like? >> well after i explained why it wanted i wanted to do this, i went, my first substantive talk with him was mr. president you know i'm not an apologist for syria. i'm writing this book when you and i'm going to criticize you in this book and he said that's fine. i know you will criticize me. i know that because i'm not perfect and i know that in the past you have criticized my father's policies but you were always fair and objective from their point of view. and then i told him that you know mr. president one of the worst things you ever did. he goes, what's that? you let it know that you liked phil collins, the rock star from engla
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Oct 14, 2012 12:15am EDT
mexico without her parents who immigrated to the united states illegally to find work. this is about half an hour. >> reyna grande what is -- >> the way i grew up knowing it was a reference to the united states but to me because i grew up in this hometown surrounded by mountains and i didn't know where the united states was, to me it was the other side of the mountain. and during that time when my parents were gone working here in the u.s., i would look at the mountains and think that my parents were over there on the other side of the mountains. >> where did you grow up and originally where were you born? >> i was born in mexico in southern mexico and the little city that no one has heard of. when i mention acapulco everyone knows i'll could poke so it was a few hours away from acapulco. >> windage of parents come to the united states? >> my father came here in 1977 when i was three years old and he sent for my mother a few years later so my mother came in 1980 when i was four and a half years old. >> when did you come to the united states? >> i came to united states in 1985. >> how
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